Adults playing pickleball

Pickleball

The Pony Activity Center is closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, May 4, 2020.  All school-related and Community Education activities and events are canceled March 16 - Monday, May 1.  There will be no access to the school buildings for the general public. These measures are being implemented to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will communicate if additional closures are necessary. Visit stillwaterschools.org/covid.

Adult Open Gym Pickleball

Join in on the Pickleball fun and play competitively. Bring a partner or pair up with someone at the gym. Game experience and knowledge of the rules is encouraged when participating in open gym. If you are a beginner and/or social player, come to the beginner/social open gyms. Courts are designed by USAPA self rating criteria. Participants will use posted house rules for playing pickleball at open gym. Pickleballs are provided. You will need to provide your own paddles.

Designated Ages for Open Pickleball

  • Weekday morning and daytime play is scheduled for adult pickleball. Participants are ages 18+.
  • Weekday evening and weekend play is scheduled for ages 10 and up. However, this is leveled according to skill set and players should play on the court of their self ranked skill set. 
  • Children 9 and under should play at family open racquet times. 
  • Holiday breaks and no school days - children ages 10 and up can attend weekday open pickleball if they self rate and play at the appropriate court.

There are 2 ways to pay for open gym participation in pickleball:

  1. Purchase a monthly PAC membership (available to use starting September 30), this will entitle you to participate in any open gym section of any sport and may apply for healthcare reimbursement.

  2. $5 daily/walk in fee or $3 senior citizens fee. 

 
An Open Pickleball Schedule will be provided once the PAC reopens.
 

Pickleball Court Reservations

Rent a pickleball court for an hour or more. Pickleballs and net are provided. Rentals will be available for registration one month in advance. All participants in the pickleball rental group must be PAC members or purchase a daily pass. Each reservation must be made online and cancellations must be given a 48 hour notice. There will be a $5 cancellation fee. Cost $12 per hour per pickleball court. Dates and times of rental availability will be posted online. 

Pickleball - Adult Beginner Lessons

Learn the fun and fast growing game of pickleball. The beginner course will introduce pickleball rules, body positioning, footwork, drills and game strategy. Drills and strategy will focus on serve return, dinks and lobs. The last 30 minutes of the course will be organized play. A minimum of 10 participants is needed to register for the course and maximum of 16 participants is allowed in the course. Participants should bring their own paddle.  There are one or two paddles available to borrow.

Course: 931-3
Days/Dates: Mon, Wed, and Fri - June 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17, 2020
Cost $55 - 5 Sessions
Time: 9 - 10:30 AM
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts
Instructors: Eric Blythe and Stephen Blythe

 

Course: 931-4
Days/Dates: Mon, Wed, and Fri - July 13, 15, 17, 20 and 22, 2020
Cost $55 - 5 Sessions
Time: 8-9:30 AM
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts
Instructor: Eric Blythe

Course: 931-5
Days/Dates: Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020
Cost: $44 - 4 Sessions
Time: 5:30-7 PM Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts
Instructor: Michael Lammer and John DeGraff

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Pickleball - Adult Intermediate Lessons

Improve your pickleball technique, shots and game strategy. The intermediate lessons will drill spin serves, drop shots and footwork with an emphasis on winning doubles strategy. The last 30 minutes will be organized play with coaching. A minimum of 10 participants is needed to register for the course and maximum of 16 participants is allowed in the lesson.

 

Course: 932-3
Days/Dates: Mon, Wed, and Fri - June 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17, 2020
Cost $55 - 5 Sessions
Time: 10:30 AM-12 PM
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts
Instructors: Eric Blythe and Stephen Blythe


Course: 932-4
Days/Dates: Mon, Wed, and Fri - July 13, 15, 17, 20 and 22, 2020
Cost $55 - 5 Sessions
Time: 9:30-11 AM
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts
Instructor: Eric Blythe


Course: 932-5
Days/Dates: Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020
Cost: $44 - 4 Sessions
Time: 7-8:30 PM Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts
Instructor: Michael Lammer and John DeGraff


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Pickleball - Pickleball Advanced Clinic 

Perfect your skills this summer, with a clinic designed to teach techniques and strategies to become a better, more consistent pickleball player. The clinic will include strategies to help you play more effectively with your partner, when to play defensively and offensively, how to defend against the hard hitters, how to hold your ground with the dinkers, and strategies that force your opponents to make a mistake. All of these strategies will incorporate technical skills such as dinking, 3rd shots, spins, volleys, block shots, serves, returns, lobbing, and ball placement.  A minimum of 8 participants is needed to register for the course and maximum of 12 participants is allowed in the lesson.

Course: 935-1
Dates: June 16 and 18
Cost: $30 - 2 Sessions
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts
Instructor: Eric Blythe

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Advanced Doubles Pickleball Strategy

Advance your game and strategy in pickleball.  This class will emphasize how doubles teams work together to maximize points and strategize offensive and defense against opponents.

Course: 933-1

Days/Dates: May 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13, 2020

Cost: $60- 5 Sessions

Time: 9-10 AM

Location: Stillwater Area High School, PAC - Gymnasium 8

Instructor: Stephen Blythe


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Pickleball Skills and Drills

Have you learned the basics of pickleball and want to improve your shots? Pickleball Skills and Drills for beginners will provide you practice on your serve, return serve, dink, smash and drop shots. This class is for someone that already knows the basic rules of the game and scoring, but would like to improve their shots through repetition. 

Course: 934-1

Days/Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday May 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 2020

Cost: $55 - 5 Sessions

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Location: Stillwater Area High School, PAC - Gymnasium 8

Instructor: Stephen Blythe


Course: 934-2

Days/Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday June 8, 10, 12, 15, 17 2020

Cost: $55 - 5 Sessions

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Location: Stillwater Middle school Tennis courts

Instructor: Eric Blythe


Course: 934-3

Days/Dates: Wednesday June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020

Cost: $50 - 4 Sessions

Time: 4:30-5:30 PM

Location: Stillwater Middle school Tennis courts

Instructor: Michael Lammer


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Pickleball Aces of the Court

Be the Ace on the court! These lightning round competitive mini tournaments give the participants a lot of pickleball games and fun with two hours of continuous play. Games are played up to 11 win by 1 and capped at 20 minutes per game. When the whistle blows If you win or have the most points, you and your partner move up a court, playing against other teams that win. If you lose, you and your partner move down a court playing against other teams that don't win. First round games will have a random draw and after 2 hours of the "up and down" moving, there will have been sufficient time for the best teams to have migrated to the Aces' Court; conversely, the least skillful teams will have had sufficient time to make their way toward the Jesters' Court. You pick a partner and play with your partner the entire time. Your partner can be male or female. At the end of the 2 hours of play, the team winning on the "Aces Court" is the tournament winner. Pickleball Ace Court will offer competition at the 2.5/3.0, 3.5/4.0 and 4.0+. Each person must register individually.

Course: 939-3 2.5/3.0
Date: June 11, 2020
Cost: $8 - 1 Session
Time: 6- 8 PM 
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts, Gyms 5 & 8 (will move indoors at the PAC if inclement weather)
 
Course: 939-4 3.5 and up level
Date: June 11, 2020
Cost: $8 - 1 Session
Time: 6- 8 PM 
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts, Gyms 5 & 8 (will move indoors at the PAC if inclement weather)
 

Pickleball League

Join the fun! Co-ed summer league is for competitive pickleball players.  Participants will play 5-6 games per evening scoring up to 11 win by 1. You and your partner play together throughout the league. Each game will be capped at 20 minutes. 

Individuals register with a partner they will play with throughout the league and participate against other teams in the league each evening.  If you and your partner win at the end of 20 minutes, you and your partner move up a court, playing against other teams that win. If you lose, you and your partner move down a court playing against other teams that don't win. First round games will have a random draw and after 4 dates of the "up and down" moving, there will have been sufficient time for the best teams to have migrated to the Aces' Court; conversely, the least skillful teams will have had sufficient time to make their way toward the Jesters' Court. 

League play is available at the 2.5/3.0 or 3.5/4.0 skill. Each person on a doubles team must register individually.

The champion(s) will receive a Pony Pickleball League T-Shirt. 

The league is 4 weeks.  Participants must commit to playing all games unless injury or an emergency occurs, in which case a sub is required. Subs used in doubles play replace the team partner for that evening and count in league standing. The team must be present 2 out the 4 weeks to earn league title. There is no refund for the league once play has started.  

League will be held on the pickleball courts at Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts. In the event of rain, evening league would be made up the same evening in a two hour period of time between 5-9 PM at Stillwater Middle School or the PAC.

 

Course: 937-1 Doubles 3.0 skill level
Date: June June 1, 8, 15, and 22
Cost: $20 - 4 Sessions
Time: 6:15 - 8:15 PM 
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts, Gyms 5 & 8 (will move indoors at the PAC if inclement weather)
 
Course: 937-1 Doubles 3.5 and up skill level
Date: June June 1, 8, 15, and 22
Cost: $20 - 4 Sessions
Time: 6:15 - 8:15 PM 
Location: Stillwater Middle School Tennis Courts, Gyms 5 & 8 (will move indoors at the PAC if inclement weather)
 

Private Pickleball Lessons

Do you want to improve your pickleabll game? Individual or small group private lessons will help your skills, strategy and rating level. During the one-hour session, participants will be coached through skill repetition and drills specific to improve your pickleball game. Prior to registering for small group trainings, please make sure you have discussed specific training dates and times that would work best for your group.  Once all individual(s) have registered for the private lessons, please contact 651-351-8037 or email loeblein-leckerj@stillwaterschools.org to schedule your first lesson.  

Instructors: Stephen Blythe, Michael Lammer, Susan Chaplin and Eric Blythe

928-Individual - one on one format with the coach.
3 Sessions $135
5 Sessions $210

928-Small Group - 2 participants - Two participants and one Coach. Each person pays for the 3 or 5 session package.
3 Sessions $75
5 Sessions $110

928-Small Group - 3 participants - and one coach. Each person pays for the 3 or 5 session package.
3 Sessions $60
5 Sessions $85

928-Small Group - 4 participants - and one coach. Each person pays for the 3 or 5 session package. 
3 Sessions $45
5 Sessions $60

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